U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said late today (May 3, 2018) that the chamber's chaplain will remain in his position after he unexpectedly asked Rev. Patrick Conroy to resign two weeks ago, outraging some lawmakers and the Jesuit priest himself, according to the AOL website.
Conroy released a letter today rescinding his abrupt resignation which Ryan -- a Catholic and the top Republican in the House -- said he had accepted. Conroy's last day had been scheduled for May 24.
"My original decision was made in what I believed to be the best interest of this institution," Ryan said in a statement.
Democrats said Conroy's ouster was in fact due to a prayer Conroy led that was critical of the tax overhaul Republicans passed at the end of last year without any support from the Democratic party.